Waste collection fury as black bags attract rats

Coun Trevor Young with some of the rubbish that has piled up in an alleyway in Gainsborough South West ward
Coun Trevor Young with some of the rubbish that has piled up in an alleyway in Gainsborough South West ward

The waste collection service in parts of Gainsborough is unhealthy and must be changed, claims an angry councillor.

Coun Trevor Young says rubbish piles up on streets and alleyways, attracting rats, in the Gainsborough South West ward.

Now he is calling on West Lindsey District Council to carry out a full review of the black-bag service and talk to alarmed residents.

A weekly black-bag system, rather than wheelie-bins, is in operation. But Coun Young said: “The current way the council collects waste in many parts of the ward is totally unacceptable. There is an urgent need to rethink how we can improve it.

“Every week, the area is blighted by the sight of waste being presented early at the rear of properties and on street corners.

“Bags become split and then debris spills out everywhere. Residents commonly report an increase in rat infestation.

“We need to find a solution because people are bringing up their children in unacceptable living conditions. This used to be a safe place for youngsters to enjoy and play. Sadly, this is no longer the case.”

For the council, services chief Adrian Selby said: “There is not enough room for wheelie-bins to be picked up. Collection crews are followed by street-cleansing teams who complete a clear-up operation each week.

“Unfortunately, some residents don’t participate correctly with the collection regime and present waste early. There are also some instances of fly-tipping.

“It is not possible to ensure all areas are clear of waste at all times. Education and enforcement are key parts of our strategy, and a new officer has been recruited to deal with these issues.”